RBI with a consolidated loss of € 493 million for 2014


  • Net interest income increases 1.6 per cent to € 3,789 million year-on-year (2013: € 3,729 million)
  • Operating income decreases 6.5 per cent to € 5,355 million (2013: € 5,729 million)
  • General administrative expenses decrease 9.5 per cent to € 3,024 million (2013: € 3,340 million)
  • Net provisioning for impairment losses increases 49.3 per cent to € 1,716 million (2013: € 1,149 million)
  • Profit before tax decreases 97.3 per cent to € 23 million (2013: € 835 million)
  • Loss after tax of € 463 million (profit after tax 2013: € 603 million)
  • Consolidated loss of € 493 million (consolidated profit 2013: € 557 million)
  • Non-performing loan ratio increases 0.6 percentage points to 11.3 per cent compared to year-end 2013
  • Common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) increases 0.2 percentage points to 10.9 per cent
  • Earnings per share of minus € 1.73 (2013: € 1.83)

All figures are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

After a challenging year, the Group ended the reporting year with a positive profit before tax of € 23 million. Despite the currency turmoil and geopolitical tensions, the operating result in the amount of € 2.332 million was marginally below the previous year’s level, with a decline of 2 per cent year-on-year. The decline in profit before tax of € 812 million to € 23 million was primarily attributable to a number of one-off effects: A legislative change in Hungary entailed a one-off effect with a negative impact of € 251 million on the Group's results. At the same time, € 533 million in net provisioning for impairment losses was required in Ukraine, which was thus € 412 million above the previous year's level. Goodwill impairments totaling € 306 million were required for Group units in Russia and Poland as a result of lower medium-term earnings expectations, and in Albania due to a change in the discounting factor. The Group's loss after tax was € 463 million – not least due to impairments recognized on deferred tax assets in the amount of € 196 million owing to a tax planning revision at Group head office and in Asia. Taking profit attributable to non-controlling interests into account, which decreased € 16 million to minus € 30 million, the Group had a consolidated loss of â‚¬ 493 million for the year.

Due to the negative result, RBI AG will not distribute a dividend on shares and on participation capital for the financial year 2014.

Net interest income increased 2 per cent

Operating income fell 7 per cent, or € 373 million, to € 5,355 million year-on-year, while the net interest margin improved 13 basis points to 3.24 per cent due to lower refinancing costs at Group head office.

Net interest income increased 2 per cent, or € 60 million, to € 3,789 million in 2014. This was primarily attributable to a positive development in Russia and at Group head office.

General administrative expenses fell 9 per cent

The Group's general administrative expenses fell 9 per cent, or € 316 million, to € 3,024 million during the reporting period, largely attributable to the currency development of the Russian rouble and Ukrainian hryvnia. In addition, ongoing cost reduction programs in the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as lower depreciation in the Czech Republic, led to a reduction in general administrative expenses. The cost/income ratio improved 1.8 percentage points to 56.5 per cent.

Net provisioning for impairment losses rose 49 per cent

Net provisioning for impairment losses rose 49 per cent, or € 567 million, to € 1,716 million year-on-year. This was mainly due to the situation in Ukraine, which was impacted by the depreciation of the hryvnia, and by the challenging overall macroeconomic environment, leading to an increase in net provisioning for impairment losses of € 412 million to € 533 million. Asia also contributed to the increase, with defaults by large corporate customers resulting in an increase of € 215 million to € 291 million. In contrast, the credit risk situation improved in most other markets.

Common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) of 10.9 per cent

The excess cover ratio was 100.2 per cent compared to 98.5 per cent as at the end of 2013, which was attributable to the decrease in the total capital requirement. Based on total risk, the common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) was 10.9 per cent, with a total capital ratio (transitional) of 16.0 per cent.

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You can access the online version of the annual report at http://ar2014.rbinternational.com. The German version is available under http://gb2014.rbinternational.com. A printed English version can also be ordered via that webpage.

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Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) regards Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 15 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in the fields of leasing, asset management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

In total, around 54,700 employees service 14.8 million customers through approximately 2,900 business outlets, the great majority of which are located in CEE.

RBI is a fully-consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB). RZB indirectly owns around 60.7 per cent of the shares, the remainder is in free float. RBI's shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country's largest banking group, and serves as the head office of the entire RZB Group, including RBI.

For further information please contact:

Ingrid Krenn-Ditz (+43-1-71 707-6055, [email protected]) or

Christof Danz (+43-1-71 707-1930, [email protected])

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